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Alfred Aboya is a 6-7 senior power forward originally from Cameroon who attends Tilton (N.H.) Tilton School.
He is someone UCLA will probably begin to pursue.
Aboya is a big bruiser, weighing 242 pounds, made up of muscle, but with a body that could probably end up 260+. He's a nice athlete, who is tough around the basket, and while he's still raw offensively, he showed a decent touch Thursday.
UCLA had been in contact with him before, but they could show more interest now.-- Tracy Pierson
Tight end Keith Carter has been cleared to play this fall, according to sources.
Carter has been sidelined since he severely injured his hip in a motorcycle accident in the spring of 2002. He went through two surgeries and it was believed his football career could be over. -- The BRO Staff
John Savage, perhaps the finest developer of pitchers in college baseball, has been hired as UCLA's new head baseball coach, associate athletic director Ken Weiner announced today. Savage comes to UCLA from UC Irvine, where he compiled a record of 88-84-1 while rebuilding the program, and will be taking over for Gary Adams, who retired at the end of the 2004 season after 30 years as the Bruin head coach.
Here's the complete UCLA release. <-i>-- Brandon Huffman
Vince Oghobaase, 6-6, 300, Alief (Tex.) Hastings, was on UCLA's campus today.
Oghobaase is one of the best in Texas, and possibly the country.
He showed up on the last day of the four-day camp, but didn't participate. He got a tour by assistant coach Bieniemy and Maurice Drew.
Vince Oghobaase Profile-- Tracy Pierson
Ryan Wright, 6-8 PF, Mississauga (Ontario, Canada), Loyola Catholic, was offered a scholarship by the UCLA staff while participating in the UCLA basketball camp.
He left UCLA Tuesday after two days in the camp, and is now traveling up the coast to visit Stanford unofficially.-- Tracy Pierson
According to the L.A. Times, Nick Young, the 6-5 wing from Reseda (Calif.) Cleveland, has decided to honor his commitment to USC.
UCLA got involved with Young when he achieved a qualifying SAT score. Young, having repeated his senior year, was still questionable academically. He had taken an unofficial visit to UCLA's campus and reports had him potentially visiting Louisville and DePaul. -- The BRO Staff
UCLA football players Junior Lemau'u, a freshman defensive lineman, and Antwuan Smith, a freshman wide receiver, have been dismissed from the Bruin football team for failure to comply with team policies, head coach Karl Dorrell announced today. Both were informed of the decision earlier this month.
"All of our players are expected to meet certain guidelines to remain in our program", said Dorrell. "Junior and Antwuan have had several opportunities to meet those guidelines and have failed, so they are no longer part of our program."-- The BRO Staff
June 17th is the last day when someone can take their name out of the NBA draft, or they're in it for good.
As of the morning of the 16th, we hadn't heard that Dijon Thompson had taken his name out yet. -- Tracy Pierson
Brett Hoerner, the 6-10 PF/C from Fullerton, is definitely a viable option. I like him quite a bit -- much more aggressive and assertive this past spring. His body is somewhat of a concern, but in the class of 2005 you have to choose your downside -- there are very few guys with no warts.
I'm expecting Hoerner to show well in July and I wouldn't be surprised at all to see more schools get involved.
He has recently taken an unofficial visit to UCLA and it's very well known that UCLA is far and away his favorite school. -- Greg Hicks
In regard to the total scholarships available in basketball...
With the 5/8 rule gone, they only have to stay within the limit of 13 total scholarships.
For the 2005/2006 season, with Collison now in the fold, they have eight scholarships given out. So, really, they have another five to give.
Losing Padgett, they'll almost certainly take two bigs. And then probably another SF/wing.
So, they'd like to give out four total to 2005, and then they'll have two left over that they'll be able to use with the 2006 or 2007 classes. -- Tracy Pierson
It was a big weekend in the west when it comes to basketball recruiting.
First, UCLA lost out on David Padgett, the Kansas transfer, to Louisville.
Louisville, during a camp on campus, then received verbal commitments from top 25 national talent, Amir Johnson, 6-9 junior center, Los Angeles (Calif.) Westchester, and the #5-ranked point guard in the west, 5-10 junior Andre McGee, Moreno Valley (Calif.) Canyon Springs.
UCLA then got a much-needed commitment from Darren Collison, 5-11 junior point guard, Etiwanda (Calif.) High, the #2-ranked point guard in the west.
Stanford then jumped on the commitment bandwagon with two commitments. Anthony Goods, 6-2 junior point guard, Corona (Calif.) Centennial and Lawrence Hill, 6-7 junior power forward, Glendale (Ariz.) Deer Valley committed to new Stanford head coach Trent Johnson in a joint phone call.
Among Johnson, McGee, Goods and Hill, UCLA was interested in Goods and Hill. Goods hadn't show much reciprocal interest and UCLA hadn't been too aggressive with Hill.
Losing Padgett was a blow, but Collison was the point guard UCLA had targeted. He's a true point, probably the best true point in the west. He's a top 100 caliber player, but will probably pop up on some top 100 national lists once he's seen nationally during the July evalaution period. It was a coup for UCLA to nail him down before July, before other college coaches would get better looks at him. Tracy Pierson
I just received a call from Adam Heater, the 6-4, 240-pound tight end prospect from Snohomish (Wash.) High.
When Heater left Spaulding Field Sunday after the UCLA one-day camp, he told me that the coaching staff had not offered him.
He told me tonight that he called Coach Dorrell Tuesday night and Dorrell offered him a scholarship.
"It's great, it's exciting," he said. "UCLA is definitely my no. 1 school right now."
When asked if he could consider committing soon, Heater said, "Yeah, I've definitely thought about it. I want to talk it over with my family. When my dad comes home tonight I'll talk to him about it. I don't know if I'll do it soon, but I want to talk to him about it."-- Tracy Pierson